Help - Need definition in plain english please

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The word is "cholinergic". My Mosby's isn't really being much of a help here. Neither is my pharmacology book.




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cho-li-ner-gic ( P ) Pronunciation Key (kl-nûrjk)


1. Activated by or capable of liberating acetylcholine, especially in the parasympathetic nervous system.

2. Having physiological effects similar to those of acetylcholine: a cholinergic agent or drug.

jenrninmi, MSN, RN

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cholinergic - Those parts of the nervous system, both peripheral and in the brain, using acetylcholine as a neurotransmitter. Acetylcholine released at the synapse (junction) between a motor nerve and a muscle fiber causes the muscle fiber to contract. Acerylcholine is am important brain neurotransmitter, too, being involved in memory, long-term planning, control of mental focus, sexual activity, and other functions. It is made in the body from choline in reactions requiring the availability of adequate vitamin B-5 (as part of hte acetyl co-enzyme

Does this help?

wonderbee, BSN, RN

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Yes it does! Thanks to both of you. All of the sudden, it makes sense to me. The lightbulb flashed on.;)

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